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Aspects of Regency Buildings

Regency Bicentennial:   Murals in the Painted Chamber Revealed

The Painted Chamber was part of the complex of the Palace of Westminster in London. Though the chamber itself had been known for centuries, until the turn of the nineteenth century, the fact that the walls were covered with a … Continue reading

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The Evolution of the Clerk of Works

The Clerk of Works was an important position on most construction sites in Regency England, just as it had begun to be in the Middle Ages. But like so many things in this transitional decade at the beginning of the … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The First Builder’s Merchant

Prior to 1815, builders in England could not go down to the local builder’s supply house to order the materials they would need for their next project. Each builder, and/or the client who had commissioned the building, would have to … Continue reading

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Cube and Double Cube Rooms:   Harmonics and Agreeables

How many of us would notice the proportions of any room we might walk into today? Even if the room shouted out its dimensions as we crossed the threshold? If it did, would we care? Yet, many people in the … Continue reading

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Lithodipyra:   The Stone of Mrs. Coade

Though the products of Mrs. Coade’s manufactory could be made to look like stone, they were, in fact, not stone at all. In addition to being made to look like granite or limestone, they could also be made to look … Continue reading

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Hot Walls for Grapes

It is the finest garden I have ever seen about this town, and abundance of hot walls for grapes, where they are in great plenty, and ripening fast. Jonathan Swift Letter to Stella 1 September 1711 So wrote Jonathan Swift … Continue reading

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Cottage Orné:   Construction

Over the last two weeks, I have posted articles here on both the style and the philosophy behind the popularity of cottages orné during the Regency. It is time to conclude this series with a discussion of how they were … Continue reading

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